Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids battled to a scoreless draw Saturday – a result that extends Colorado’s winless streak to three consecutive games.
Colorado Manager Anthony Hudson continued to tweak his lineup and tactics, as Johan Blomberg started his second match of the season in the right wing-back role of Hudson’s more-defensive 5-2-2-1 formation. Newly acquired attacker Giles Barnes made his debut at right forward before an ankle injury saw him substituted for Jack McBean in the fifty-second minute.
On the opposite side of the pitch, Houston’s Wilmer Cabrera started only one forward in a defensively-minded 5-4-1 that saw regular starters DaMarcus Beasley, Philippe Senderos, Mauro Manotas, and Alberth Elis begin their night on the bench.
Colorado and Houston combined for eighteen total shots on the night, but neither club was able to find the back of the net.
“I think we did enough to get three points tonight,” Anthony Hudson commented after the match. “Three or four weeks ago,” Hudson continued, “we might easily have lost that game.”
The Rapids travel to Salt Lake City for their next match on Saturday, July 21 – the second of three meetings this season between the Rocky Mountain sides.
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